The critically acclaimed TV series Breaking Bad is widely popular but some section of the audience feel the tv series was unnecessarily dragged and hold an opposite view that it’s over-hyped
Breaking Bad touted as the best TV series ever, there seems no stopping for the amount of praise the series has garnered. The show almost got the cult status among its fans wide across the world. Despite being critically acclaimed as well as being widely popular, some section of the audience feel the tv series breaking bad was unnecessarily dragged and hold an opposite view that it’s overrated.
For those who have not watched, the show is about a chemistry teacher Walter White. He is an underdog until he finds out that he is suffering from an incurable lung cancer. Misfortune befalling, hopelessness hovering around, this nobody decides to be somebody and turns to cooking methamphetamine (meth), a dr*g, in order to stop the financial woes and securing his family’s future.
Like any antihero shows, one wants to hate the man in the beginning but one can’t stop sympathizing. He is abetted by his fellow accomplice named Jesse Pinkman. In the later part of the series one will realize that he is doing all this to satisfy his creative ego. Now this is unrealistic for a middle aged chemistry teacher to choose such a path and dream of becoming kingpin of dr*g smuggling.
Dreaming is still fine, he actually performs all the wrongs which seem bizarre for a man of that background. The show is more of a crime fantasy. Vince Gillian and company have chronicled an artistically beautiful but hard to digest plot. The story does not explain the chemistry behind a criminal mind and how eminent death makes this man take on a journey that will ultimately prove drastic.
Supporting Cast Not Well Represented
The show entirely focuses on the character development of its lead, Walter White. It does not even take into account of his accomplice Jesse. Walter’s actions are initially justified due to his sufferings but he turning into monster lately leave us gasping for human angle and leave us cheated. On the other hand, Jesse is found to be questioning himself. He is possessed with guilt but the series fails to capture his emotions entirely until the end.
The character is far more complex and deserves much more attention. Only the spin-off of overrated series breaking bad, El Camino, take him into account and but does not do justice to him in the post Walter era. Even diehard fans of breaking bad will agree to it.
Some episodes are too dragged and predictable. Right from the pilot episode it is clear what is in the coming. The beauty lies in the process. But the show falls week when macroscopic view is taken. It, no doubt, comprehensively develops Walter but does not talk much about the whole dr*g smuggling phenomenon. Only those who patiently watch the initial seasons can enjoy the final season. The finale of series is undoubtedly exceptional and breaks the era of letdown finales of highly anticipated shows like Game of Thrones.
Comparison With Game Of Thrones
Comparing the series with the cult Game of Thrones and calling it better make it an overrated show. While the two shows are of different genre —so comparison is neither welcome nor desirable. Game of Thrones keeps you on your edge in every episode. It carries a lot of unpredictability, incredible climaxes. You can’t say that for Breaking Bad as it falls flat in giving you thrills that a crime genre demands as most scenes are a lot more predictable. But the finale episode of Breaking Bad does take the cake. It did capture the emotions so well that it lingers with the audience.
Depicts Toxic Masculinity
Breaking bad is defying authorities and breaking the rules depicts the concept of masculinity gone wrong and that’s why it is an overrated series. Subject of what a man should be is dealt so wrongly. American model of masculinity is shown ruthlessly. The show even falls week to do gender justice to very few female cast that it has. Independent thinking women Skyler, Walter’s wife is despised and not well represented. In this era where female voice is getting more and more profound, the show fails to give that space to its women. The show smells toxic of machismo. A more prominent female voice could have lended some benign feminine touch.
Sucks Humanity Out Of You And Leaves You Cheering For An Antagonist
Dark humor and impeccable acting by the cast makes us clap on despicable characters. Dysfunctional, psychopathic monster is celebrated and his wife on the other hand is often disliked by audience for not supporting her husband’s actions. This is the impact it leaves on us.
Breaking bad tv series is deficient in parameters of humanity. It is not that the antihero shows are bad but the shows that makes you love an egoistic, toxic man who murders, smuggles and does all wrong to satiate his pride and greed is “disturbing”. He is definitely innovative and cunningly intelligent yet he is not lovable.
The series compels you to delve into the shallow mind of a psychopath and understand him. In the end one finds that this man whom they were empathizing is actually a neo Nazi, sadist and possess an ill programmed brain.
Artistic Liberty Is Taken Too Liberally
Yes, it is true that art is liberal but the liberty should not transcend the social norms. The TV show no doubt is the best artistic creation in terms of creativity but just like the antagonist, technical brilliance does not always have the right impact on society.
It is not that the antihero shows should not be made or we should burden the art with social responsibility but the art should not make us laud the wrong and despise the good.
‘Breaking Bad’ unintentionally nudges you to clap for Walter which is unacceptable and therefore portion of audiences believe it was overrated.